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Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Aug. 13 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Populist leaders undermine democracy in these 4 ways. Would a President Trump?

18 August 2016

A number of scholars have argued that Donald Trump is a populist. What, if anything, does this label tell us about what we might expect from a Trump presidency? Would we see the erosion of judicial...

A storm of bullets, a wave of apathy

16 August 2016

Duterte is gaining in the war on drugs, but at a terrifying cost to Filipino society. The Philippines is drowning in a wave of killings as the government of the newly-proclaimed President Rodrigo...

Thai Politics: Between democracy and its discontents

9 August 2016

After two coups, a decade of political strife and this week’s referendum vote in favour of further military involvement in government, Thai politics deserves serious analysis, grounded in facts and...

How the press can power Myanmar’s democracy

8 August 2016

As a voracious consumer of Myanmar journalism over some time, I am fascinated by how the country’s transition to freedom of the press takes root and prospers. Progress toward press freedom has...

Cashing in

8 August 2016

Jokowi’s second reshuffle is a win for the president’s loyalists and financiers. Political campaign financing in contemporary Indonesia is neither transparent nor accountable. State subsidisation of...

Navigating China’s archives

2 August 2016

Restricted access to the Chinese Foreign Ministry archive is a great loss for China scholars. This June I published my first book, China–Japan Relations after World War Two: Empire, Industry and War...

 A CHILD WAITS OUTSIDE THE MAUSOLEUM ON MARTYRS' DAY. PHOTO: FINANCIAL TIMES/EPA

Martyrs’ Day a wake-up call

27 July 2016

For the first time, it was held under a National League for Democracy-backed government. After several decades of absence, it was also the first time the commander-in-chief attended. And, for the...

Social cohesion and scandal cycles in Malaysia

20 July 2016

Mahathir on the divisions tearing a country, the opposition and politics apart. “I’m afraid the whole thing revolves around Najib,” former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said last month...

Revisiting country risk for Myanmar

19 July 2016

**Will it be boom or bust for companies investing in a newly democratic Myanmar? ** After Myanmar’s 2015 elections, the international credit rating agency, Moody’s, initially issued a very positive...

Myanmar’s 2016 batch of babies

18 July 2016

In 2016, around a million babies will be born in Myanmar. Too often we forget the prospects and possibilities of these new lives, instead focusing almost all our attention on those who have already...

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